The True Meaning of Predestination
Jesse M. Hendley
It is wonderful to be saved and be a child of God, and
we are studying today a wonderful truth that relates
to that, and that is PREDESTINATION, ITS TRUE MEANING.
The text is Ephesians 1:5. "Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto
Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."
Let us think first of "the good pleasure of His will."
What God wants is really to give us what we want. What
do you really want?
The other day (you'll pardon this personal
illustration, but it fits in here) our little
grandson, four years of age, for whom we have asked
prayer over the radio, had his birthday. Well, his
grandmother, of course, wanted him to have something
nice, so she went out and bought him a little racer, a
little car, you know, that a child can sit in and
guide. He can put his foot on the pedal and it will
go. It is battery-charged. She went to the store and
before she bought it she had a little child to sit in
it and run it, to be sure our little grandson would be
able to do that, too. So she purchased it and took it
out to him.
Well, he got into that little racer and he just ran
all over the place, sweat running down his face,
hilarity everywhere! He just bubbled over! Nobody
could have been happier. He just chuckled and laughed
aloud with joy as he ran that little racer, and
everybody was so thrilled because the little guy was
so happy. He stopped and looked up at his grandmother,
and said, "Grandmother, this is just what I WANTED,
just what I WANTED!" To that little guy, that racer
was the sum total of all his desires.
Beloved friends, we are going to think for a few
minutes now about WHAT GOD WANTS, what He really wants
for you and me, what He really wants for the human
We read here in Ephesians 1:5, "the good pleasure of
First, we have the ...
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